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2 May 2012 | Bahrain

Retrial announced for al-Khawaja and other activists

Retrial announced for al-Khawaja and other activists Bahrain has announced a retrial for hunger-striking political activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja and 20 others accused of plotting against the state in the Arab Spring protests last year, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Writers in Prison Committee (WiPC) of PEN International and Human Rights Watch. The IFEX members are disappointed that the activists remain in custody pending the retrial, and are calling for their immediate release.
28 March 2012 | Bahrain

At least 31 extrajudicial killings since official commission of inquiry, says Bahrain Center for Human Rights

At least 31 extrajudicial killings since official commission of inquiry, says Bahrain Center for Human Rights Since an official commission of inquiry reported last November, the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) has documented at least 31 "extrajudicial killings" in Bahrain. Most of the deaths were from teargas inhalation, including three in the past week alone, and three were as a result of torture in custody, says BCHR in a new report. Human Rights Watch also issued its own report following a national commission's assessment that lauded the government's progress.
15 February 2012 | Bahrain

Activists attacked, arrested on protest anniversary

Activists attacked, arrested on protest anniversary On Tuesday's one-year anniversary of Bahrain's uprising, security forces fired tear gas and stun grenades at protesters trying to retake Pearl Square, the epicentre of last year's protests, and arrested dozens - including several international observers, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and news reports.
13 February 2012 | Bahrain

Protesters, IFEX members mark uprising anniversary

Protesters, IFEX members mark uprising anniversary Bahrain spent the week preparing for Tuesday's one-year anniversary of its uprising by deploying thousands of security forces to confront anti-government protesters, rejecting journalists' applications for entry visas, and arresting and deporting two international observers from the U.S. IFEX and its members are calling for support on 14 February to help avoid further violence. Find out what is happening and what you can do here.
25 January 2012 | Bahrain

Government's promises of reform unfulfilled, mission announces at Arab Free Press Forum

Government's promises of reform unfulfilled, mission announces at Arab Free Press Forum Bahrain has failed to deliver on promises of reform despite a highly-touted commission of inquiry, says a report from an international mission to the country. "Justice Denied in Bahrain: Freedom of Expression and Assembly Curtailed" finds that rights violations continue daily, and individuals jailed during the government crackdown in February and March 2011 remain in prison.
21 December 2011 | Bahrain

Baby's death, arrest of al-Khawaja threaten government's commitment to reform

Baby's death, arrest of al-Khawaja threaten government's commitment to reform The arrest of international cause célèbre "Angry Arabiya" and the death of a five-day-old girl as a result of a tear gas attack have become the latest events threatening to overshadow Bahrain's promises of reform following a highly critical report into the pro-democracy protests earlier this year, say the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), Index on Censorship and other IFEX members.
30 November 2011 | Bahrain

International mission calls for freedom of human rights defenders

International mission calls for freedom of human rights defenders All human rights defenders and activists should be freed in Bahrain, said an international mission supported by IFEX, which visited the country this past week to investigate the current state of freedom of expression. The call comes in the wake of a much-anticipated report from the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) presented on 23 November, as well as a human rights report issued by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other local groups.
5 October 2011 | Bahrain

Teachers, doctors and rights activists sentenced, some to life in prison

Teachers, doctors and rights activists sentenced, some to life in prison Bahrain's widely boycotted by-elections on 24 September and 1 October were the background setting for multiple military court hearings that condemned dozens of journalists, activists, teachers and doctors to long prison terms. They were targeted for speaking out in favour of reforms during demonstrations in February or simply for doing their jobs, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other IFEX members. Among those arrested during the elections were 45 female protesters, some of whom have been reportedly tortured.
24 August 2011 | Bahrain

Governments attack Twitter activists

Governments attack Twitter activists The governments of at least three Arab countries - Egypt, Bahrain and Kuwait - have launched investigations into or prosecuted Twitter activists, provoking other countries in the region to follow suit, reports the Arabic Network of Human Rights Information (ANHRI).
17 August 2011 | Bahrain

Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab honoured with Ion Ratiu Democracy Award

Bahraini rights activist Nabeel Rajab honoured with Ion Ratiu Democracy Award As president of the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) and one of the country's leading rights activists, Nabeel Rajab has been closely monitored by the government, barred from leaving the country, beaten and harassed. His family home has been attacked with tear gas and armed invasions. One night, while he slept, dozens of masked gunmen stormed his house and abducted him, then drove him around in a vehicle all night and assaulted him - before returning him home. The Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington is honouring Rajab with this year's Ion Ratiu Democracy Award (IRDA) to give international recognition to his courageous fight for democracy in Bahrain.
20 July 2011 | Bahrain

National dialogue doomed as Al-Wefaq pulls out and crackdown continues

National dialogue doomed as Al-Wefaq pulls out and crackdown continues The prospects for peace in Bahrain are not looking as bright now that the main opposition party, Al-Wefaq, has pulled out of the national dialogue, and the government continues to crack down on its critics, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) and other IFEX members.
22 June 2011 | Bahrain

Military court sentences rights activists to life

Military court sentences rights activists to life Eight Bahraini human rights and political activists - including former head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) Adbulhadi al-Khawaja and renowned blogger Abduljalil al-Singace - were given life sentences today by a military court, which found them guilty of plotting a coup against the government during two months of unrest earlier this year, report BCHR, Human Rights Watch, the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and the "Guardian".
8 June 2011 | International

Bahrain testimony a highlight of "best ever" IFEX conference

Bahrain testimony a highlight of Security forces prevented IFEX member Nabeel Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), from attending the IFEX General Meeting and Strategy Conference in person in Beirut last week. But they couldn't prevent him from talking about recent human rights abuses in Bahrain via Skype, nor IFEX members and partners who were listening from initiating an international mission to Bahrain in the coming days. This was just one of the many highlights of the IFEX 2011 conference.
11 May 2011 | Bahrain

IFEX members appeal to world leaders to take action against rights abuses

IFEX members appeal to world leaders to take action against rights abuses Even as the King of Bahrain promises to end the state of emergency he imposed in mid-March to quell anti-government demonstrations, journalists, rights activists and opposition leaders continue to be arrested, with dozens of them hastily tried. Forty-two IFEX members and 15 partners are appealing to the international community to end their silence and demand that the Bahraini government take action against the rights abuses.
13 April 2011 | Bahrain

IFEX defends member BCHR in light of free expression abuses

IFEX defends member BCHR in light of free expression abuses Last week, the president of Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Nabeel Rajab, made history as the first person prosecuted in the Arab world for a tweet, reports the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI). He was accused of alerting readers through Twitter to "fabricated" pictures of the tortured body of Ali Isa Saqer, who Rajab alleged died at the hands of security forces in a Bahraini prison. While Bahrain is quickly turning into a police state, IFEX has expressed concern for Rajab and the sudden escalation of arrests and threats against other free expression advocates in Bahrain.
23 March 2011 | Bahrain

Security forces resort to night-time raids of terror to quell dissent

Security forces resort to night-time raids of terror to quell dissent Nabeel Rajab, the head of IFEX member Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), was briefly held and beaten by security forces on 20 March, days after Bahraini security forces killed at least four protesters and arrested opposition figures. The arrest appears part of a broader government offensive involving pre-dawn raids of terror on the homes of those viewed as supporting pro-democracy protesters, according to BCHR, Human Rights Watch and other IFEX members. Rajab says he is the only human rights defender in Bahrain currently not in hiding or detention.
23 February 2011 | Bahrain

Authorities free political prisoners in gesture to protesters

Authorities free political prisoners in gesture to protesters In a major concession to protesters, 23 high-profile activists and bloggers who had been accused of plotting to overthrow the government have been released, along with dozens of other political prisoners, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and news reports.
16 February 2011 | Bahrain

Journalists, peaceful protesters violently suppressed

Journalists, peaceful protesters violently suppressed The ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has reinvigorated protests across the Arab region, resulting in clashes between security forces and protesters in Algeria, Bahrain, Iran and Yemen, report the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Human Rights Watch and IFEX members in the region.
15 December 2010 | Bahrain

Lawyers boycott trial, protesting torture of activists

Lawyers boycott trial, protesting torture of activists While riot police surrounded a Bahraini court in the capital Manama, and helicopters flew overhead to derail demonstrations in support of 25 Bahraini human rights activists, bloggers and clerics on trial last week, furious defense lawyers walked out of the courtroom in protest over the torture of detainees, report the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF). Bahraini authorities continue to harass and arrest anyone expressing support for the detainees.
27 October 2010 | Bahrain

Elections go off amid unprecedented crackdown

Elections go off amid unprecedented crackdown Thousands of Bahraini voters went to the polls last weekend in parliamentary and municipal elections amid concerns about voting irregularities and an ongoing security crackdown on Shiite opposition figures and bloggers, report the Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR), the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) and Human Rights Watch. Trials for the detained activists are set to begin this week.


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